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Roger Howell document collection

Identifier: M094

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Scope and Content

The collection includes the signatures of four of the first seven presidents of the United States: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson [two signed in office]. Other materials consist of military and commerce documents from 1785 to 1847, including shipping documents, appointments, and legal notes, mostly from Maine and Massachusetts. Notable names include: James Bowdoin, Henry Clay, Sam Adams, William Shirley, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock. Also included are appointments signed by all but seven of the men who served as governor of Maine before 1887. There are letters or documents written and/or signed by seven of the first thirteen secretaries of the United States Treasury, including Alexander Hamilton. Additionally, there is material from colonial York County, Maine, concerning local militias, commerce, and legal cases. The collection was exhibited at one time; historical and contextual notes created for the display accompany each item.


  • Creation: 1689-1887


Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Note

Though the compiler is unknown, the collection was acquired by Roger Howell, Jr. (Bowdoin 1958; President of the College 1969-1978). A portion of the collection documents the colonial era of York County, Maine, and neighboring towns, and illustrates the lives of members of the community, including William Pepperell and the Hill family. Other materials in the collection include appointments signed by many of the 19th century governors of Maine, letters or documents signed by some of the first secretaries of the United States Treasury, and the signatures of four of the nation's first seven presidents.


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Language of Materials



Documents (1689-1887) including legal, military, appointment and commerce documents, many from Maine and Massachusetts; documents include signatures of U.S. presidents and treasury secrataries, and Maine governors.

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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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